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Here’s how UFC fighters and other mixed martial artists are getting their Halloween on for 2017!

Be sure to comeback often, as we’ll be updating the post as more fighters get their ghoul on.

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Why Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos was probably UFC Fight Night 119's biggest winner

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos left Ibirapuera Gymnasium on Saturday with a few reasons to celebrate: He got a win, a “Fight of the Night” bonus and the news that he’s going to be a father.

The interesting bit, though: dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) didn’t get the news from the mother of his child; instead, he got it from his team. In fact, by the time he stood in front of reporters to discuss his unanimous-decision win over welterweight Max Griffin (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil, he hadn’t even had time to talk to her yet.

How long had they known, you wonder?

“I would like to know that too,” dos Santos said with a laugh after the FS2-televised preliminary-card bout. “But from what I heard, it’s been a week. And my coach, Felipe Silva, also found out last weekend he’s going to be a dad. So it’s double the happiness.”

That’s some solid secret-keeping right there. In any case, it didn’t seem like the 170-pounder was at all mad at the circumstances in which he got the news. Instead, he mostly focused on the joy that came with it.

“It increased my heart rate even more,” dos Santos said. “It was already at 200, and went to 400. Being a father was a dream of mine and, thank God, today got the news from my coaches.

“There wasn’t a post-fight interview; they wanted to do that surprise then. I really didn’t know. And I’m very happy. Very happy.” (via Instagram)

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The mom – Tatiane, whom he’s been with for seven years – is the “love of his life,” dos Santos said. And, as it turns out, the developments of the night may very well end up leading to yet another life-changing occasion for both of them.

At the time, dos Santos didn’t know that his slugfest with Griffin would end up earning him his second straight $50,000 fight-night bonus. But asked what he would do should he get it, dos Santos replied with a smile.

“I think we’re going to have to get married now,” dos Santos said. “There’s no escaping it anymore. So this bonus would certainly help a lot with the wedding.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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True to form, Francisco Trinaldo hardly satisfied with UFC-Sao Paulo win over Jim Miller

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SAO PAULO – It seems Francisco Trinaldo is keeping up with his tradition of not being quite pleased with his UFC displays, no matter the outcome.

After a tough first round at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119, Trinaldo (22-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) managed to outlast fellow veteran Jim Miller (28-11 MMA, 17-10 UFC) to earn a unanimous decision from the judges. The main-card lightweight meeting put a big name under Trinaldo’s belt but, most importantly, landed him back in the winning column after a loss to interim title contender Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC).

Trinaldo is certainly happy to be back on track, which isn’t to suggest he’s 100 percent satisfied with what he showed against Miller.

“I trained to knock him down or submit him,” Trinaldo told reporters after the FS1-televised bout, which took place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I swear to you. I trained every day. I didn’t miss a single training session. I did four training sessions a day. I didn’t miss a single one.

“When I thought my body was tired, I looked at my kid and thought, ‘No (expletive) way I’m going to stay here. I need this win.’”

It may not have been a finish, but it was a positive outcome, much like the seven straight wins “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” alum managed to line up before Lee spoiled his party in March. And it’s one that Trinaldo believes should be rewarded in the rankings.

“The next step is to meet a guy who’s ranked,” Trinaldo said. “A top-7, top-5, top-8. Because I want to show what I can do.”

Trinaldo has always been known for his unwavering work ethic as any of his coaches and training partners will confirm. But he found even more motivation while preparing for his 16th octagon appearance since 2012. Apart from the added fuel of a loss, he became a father six months ago.

“The arrival of my kid (Francisco) just pushed me harder,” Trinaldo said, “to train harder and show I’m going to be a great fighter and a great citizen.” (via Instagram)

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As usual, Trinaldo wants to resume his path to becoming a great fighter sooner rather than later. While it would appear he has a preference for fighting on Brazilian soil, given that’s where 13 of his UFC outings have taken place, Trinaldo says he doesn’t want to wait until Belem’s Feb. 3 card to return.

Pressed for possible names, “Massaranduba” gave two options. Before taking a loss on what was a record-breaking 28th octagon appearance on Saturday, Miller was coming off two consecutive setbacks. Trinaldo thinks either of those men could be good fights for him.

The problem is that the two, ex-155-pound champion Anthony Pettis and contender Dustin Poirier, are set to fight each other Nov. 11 at UFC Fight Night 120. So he might have to settle for someone else.

Another option? Well, it seems like he’s not counting on it to happen now, but Trinaldo would like a chance to get the UFC Fight Night 106 submission loss to Lee back at some point.

“I lost to a guy who I know I’m superior to,” Trinaldo said. “We’ll meet further down the road, and I’ll get that one back.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Al Iaquinta Out of UFC 218, Paul Felder Awaits New Opponent

UFC 218 just took a hit.

Al Iaquinta has been forced out of a highly anticipated matchup against Paul Felder that was scheduled for the card taking place on Dec. 2 in Detroit.

Sources close to the matchup confirmed the news to MMAWeekly on Tuesday with Iaquinta dropping off the card due to an injury sustained during training. The news was first reported by MMAFighting.com.

There are reports that Charles Oliveira will step in as a replacement to face Felder but that bout is not official as of yet. The UFC has made no statement regarding the change in the fight.

Iaquinta is currently riding a five-fight win streak in the lightweight division including a knockout against Diego Sanchez in April. Unfortunately it appears that he will now have to wait until 2018 to make his return to action.

As for Felder, he’s coming off two straight wins as he will still make his return to action in December as scheduled. 

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk: ‘Can you imagine this elbow on Rose’s face? I can!’ (Video)

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On Episode 2 of UFC 217 Embedded, bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt touches down in New York and begins a shopping spree. Former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is joined by head coach Duane Ludwig at his California home.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk - UFC 217Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and challenger Rose Namajunas both put in tough training sessions with their respective teams.

Middleweight champion Michael Bisping gets his heart rate by running on the treadmill and talking about his career. His opponent, former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, packs for the trip to New York City and a momentous Octagon return.

UFC 217 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the three title fights at UFC 217 taking place inside Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 4th on Pay-Per-View.

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Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, Nov. 4, for full UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre Live Results and Fight Stats. The main event features Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre. In other title bouts, bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt squares off with former teammate TJ Dillashaw, and strawweight terror Joanna Jedrzejczyk aims to tie Ronda Rousey‘s women’s title defense record in a battle with Rose Namajunas.

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UFC Fight Night 119 medical suspensions: Headliner Lyoto Machida out 60 days

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida must spend two months on the bench after a knockout loss to Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 119.

That’s according to medical suspensions today obtained by MMAjunkie from the Brazilian Athletic Commission of MMA (CABMMA), which regulated the event this past Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The event aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Machida’s (22-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) first-round knockout loss to Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) left him at 1-4 in his past five outings.

Another serious suspension from the event was issued to bantamweight Marlon Vera, who could potentially be out six months if an X-ray validates an injury to his left foot. Vera (10-4-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) suffered a unanimous-decision loss to slugger John Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) on the FS1-televised main card.

All fighters from the card received a minimum suspension of 14 days with seven days of no contact during training. With the exception of Vera, CABMMA did not provide details on the nature of the fighters’ suspensions.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 119 medical suspensions, aside from the customary 14-day terms, include:

  • Lyoto Machida: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact
  • Colby Covington: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Demian Maia: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Jack Hermansson: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Marlon Vera: suspended 180 days or until left foot is cleared early by X-ray; regardless, suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Niko Price: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Jared Gordon: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Hacran Dias: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Max Griffin: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Christian Colombo: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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To celebrate Halloween, watch this 'freaky' kickboxing match between a 7-footer and 5-11 fighter

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In honor of Halloween, the UFC has released their annual list of  top “freaky fights” on its UFC Fight Pass streaming service, and what we have in the video above truly fits that description.

Check out 7-foot-3 super heavyweight Hong-Man Choi take on 5-11 welterweight Kaoklai Kaennorsing  in a kickboxing match on March 19, 2005 at the K-1 World Grand Prix in Seoul.

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Al Iaquinta out, Charles Oliveira in against Paul Felder at UFC 218

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An injury has scratched Al Iaquinta from UFC 218, and Charles Oliveira is in to face fellow lightweight Paul Felder at UFC 218.

MMAjunkie confirmed the news with multiple people close to negotiations after an initial report from MMAFighting.com. The people asked to remain anonymous because the news had not been made public.

UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Oliveira (22-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) are expected to headline the FS1-televised prelims.

Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who’s No. 14 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, was set to make his return after a successful UFC comeback. After a one-year layoff due to an injury and contract squabble with the promotion, he knocked out veteran Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 108 in April.

In his place goes Oliveira, a 28-year-old Brazilian who recently rebounded from a 1-3 skid to submit former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks in the first round at UFC 210.

Felder, meanwhile, hopes to make it three in a row after recent knockout wins over Alessandro Ricci and Stevie Ray.

Like Oliveira, 32-year-old Felder is looking to enter the division’s top 15.

The latest UFC 218 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Paul Felder vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)

  • Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Allen Crowder vs. Justin Willis

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Conor McGregor Apologizes for Using Homophobic Slur Backstage at UFC Event

Conor McGregor has broken his silence after being caught on film using a homophobic slur backstage at the recent UFC event in Poland.

The controversy stemmed from McGregor walking into the back with teammate and close friend Artem Lobov after he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Andre Fili at the UFC Fight Night card in Gdansk, Poland.

McGregor can be heard using a homophobic slur when talking about the fight and now the UFC lightweight champion has answered for what he said that night. Appearing on “The Late Late Show” in Ireland, McGregor apologized for his use of the word while also explaining that he meant no offense to anyone in the LGBTQ community.

“I have to put my hands up there. I was watching a fighter, a sparring partner, a training partner, a friend, a brother of mine who has given his health — his body health, his brain health, everything — to help me prepare for fights to give my brain health and my body health to entertain the public. That’s the fighter I was going to watch and support and I witnessed him lose a fight — a potential career defining or career ending fight — in a manner where the opponent was stalling and running away. I was upset and I was whispering in his ear and I was speaking on that and I said what I said.

“I meant no disrespect to nobody of any of the LGBT community. I didn’t mean no disrespect. I wasn’t even, you’d swear I was talking about or screaming at two people of the same sex kissing. I campaigned when we were trying to get same sex marriage legalized [in Ireland], I was campaigning for that. It’s another one where things just get blown out and they love to just, any chance they get, they love to throw me under the bus. It is what it is, I just have to say sorry for what I said and that’s it and try and move on from it.”

McGregor was very outspoken in support of the 2015 vote in his home country of Ireland to legalize same sex marriage, which later passed in the country.

Earlier this year, McGregor came under fire for comments he made in the lead up to his fight against Floyd Mayweather that could have been perceived as racially motivated as well. This latest incident ended with McGregor issuing the apology while hoping to move on from the situation.

The UFC never issued a statement regarding what McGregor said or any potential punishment he could face for using a homophobic slur.

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Conor McGregor on using homophobic slur: 'I meant no disrespect' to LGBT community

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor today apologized for his use of a homophobic slur in an exchange caught on tape, saying he meant “no disrespect” to the LGBT community.

During a taped appearance on the Irsh TV show “The Late Late Show,” McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) told Ryan Tubridy he was overwhelmed by emotion following the loss of longtime teammate Artem Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and let his words get away from him.

“I witnessed him lose a fight in a potential career-defining or a career-ending fight in a manner where the opponent was stalling and running away, and I was upset,” McGregor said. “I was whispering in his ear, and I was speaking on that, and I said what I said. I meant no disrespect to nobody, to anybody in the LGBT community.”

McGregor defended his record with the LGBT community, citing his efforts to legalize gay marriage in Ireland.

“I was campaigning for that,” McGregor said. “It’s another one where things just get blown out. Any chance they get, they love to throw me under the bus. I just have to say sorry for what I said and try and move on from it.”

It’s not the first time McGregor’s words have landed him in hot water.

During a promotional tour for his blockbuster “Money Fight” opposite boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather in August, McGregor drew heavy criticism for racially tinged language and defended himself as “very multi-cultural and a very multi-cultured individual.”

McGregor’s latest remarks came to light when video was posted of his walk backstage with Lobov at UFC Fight Night 118. Comforting Lobov after a unanimous-decision loss to Andre Fili, the UFC champ said, “I thought you were going to sleep him. All I’m saying, he’s a (expletive). I never knew he was a (expletive).”

The exchange came after McGregor was warned by referee Marc Goddard for attempting to corner Lobov in violation of the rules, prompting UFC officials to restrain him during the fight, which took place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.

Lobov later hinted at retirement following his loss. McGregor said the experience of watching his friend and teammate was deeply upsetting, to the point where he couldn’t control himself.

“I was watching a fighter, a sparring partner, a friend, a brother of mine who was giving his health – his body health, his brain health, everything – to help me prepare for fights to give my brain health and my body health to entertain the public,” McGregor said. “That’s the fighter I was going to watch and support.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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